U2, who have now been a formidable force in global music for over 40 years, were deserving winners of the night's award.
Bono and co. received a gushing introduction from actor and 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto.
Leto described U2 as the inspiration behind his own band 30 Seconds To Mars, and thanked U2 for their music and "poetry" over the years.
Leto made particular mention of The Joshua Tree, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, as a source of inspiration for him.
U2 had previously performed live from Trafalgar Square in a specially arranged gig that was streamed direct to the main EMA Awards taking place in Wembley.